I've designed several knitting patterns over the years. A couple of them are available for free on Ravelry.
Made from aran weight yarn, Gehry knits up quickly, and is a good introduction to cabling.
irving park hat
Irving Park is a slouchy beret with ruching detail; ruching is one of my favorite techniques because it’s dead simple to do and produces spectacular results. The end result is a hat that’s perfect for those of us with bangs, or for days your mother would tell you to wear a hat but when you don’t want to squash your hair.